According to reports in France, Newcastle have submitted an enquiry over the potential signing of Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibé.
This comes from Foot Mercato, who claim that the Ligue 1 side are prepared to cash in on the 28-year-old for just £7m.
We’re said to be operating in the loan market ONLY this January, however there are a few reasons to believe we could have him until the end of the season, with Monaco allowing him to join Everton on a season-long loan across 2019/20 and him currently struggling for game time in France.
Sidibé is a powerful full-back who can operate down the right or left – meaning he’d be an option across two problem positions for Steve Bruce.
He also has plenty experience and pedigree, being capped by his country 18 times and having one season of Premier League football under his belt following a spell at Goodison Park last year.
His time on Merseyside was mixed, with his driving runs sometimes followed by a defensive error, however it wasn’t long ago he was a regular in the French side and one of Monaco’s star men on their run to the Champions League quarter finals in 2017.
This could be pie in the sky from Foot Mercato – who report that Marseille are also in the mix – however a loan deal with an option to buy was something Monaco agreed with Everton last season, and it wouldn’t surprise me if we were interested in something similar.
It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first time we’ve been linked with Sidibe, with RMC Sport reporter Mohamed Bouhafsi claiming we were ‘in talks’ with the Frenchman the summer Steve Bruce first arrived.